The SAPS Associates Awards support UK teachers and technicians in the secondary and post-16 science classroom
We offer grants of up to £500 for the development of new teaching resources that will enhance students' understanding of plants, whether in a broad sense of fundamental principles, lab techniques related to plant science, or a specific focus on an area of plant biology. We offer grants of up to £100 to support teacher and technician-led professional development, such as TeachMeets.
What will we support?
SAPS Associate Awards are available to teachers and technicians to develop an idea, resource or activity that will enhance the teaching of plant science in their school or college, including
- producing a plant-based teaching resource that can be used in other schools or colleges
- undertaking an opportunity that will advance the applicant’s knowledge/ practice in relation to plant science teaching and learning (beyond conventional CPD courses)
- others at the discretion of the SAPS office
SAPS Associates can also apply for up to £100 to
- cover expenses in putting on teacher and technician-led professional development activities, such as a TeachMeet.
- fund your travel costs in attending a TeachMeet or similar where you present a SAPS resource
Developing an idea, resource or activity
SAPS particularly encourages the development of resources and activities which do one or more of the following:
- target 16-19 year olds
- focus on areas of interest for new SAPS resources and/or current themes for development (see below)
- will offer a novel representation of plant science in the classroom
- lead to resources that are Relevant, Affordable, Reliable and Engaging (RARE)
Current areas of particular interest for resource development include
- Imaging in the classroom (using plant material)
- Activities on selective breeding technologies (marker assisted breeding etc), conventional breeding and GM breeding techniques
- Obtaining and observing nitrogen fixing nodules on plant roots
- Activities on computational biology and how this is used to advance our understanding of plant biology
- Teaching a broad range of biological topics using plants
- Teaching physics or chemistry topics using plants
Teacher and technician-led professional development
Grants of up to £100 are available to pay for costs incurred in hosting a professional development event, including refreshments, photocopying, advertising, materials, kit etc.
Your event must
- offer CPD for secondary and post-16 science teachers or technicians in the UK
- be led by teachers or technicians
- be open to participants from more than one school
- have at least one SAPS resource demonstrated or presented to the attendants during the evening.
Alternatively, grants are also available to pay for your travel costs in attending a TeachMeet or similar professional development event, at which you present a SAPS resource.
If presenting a SAPS resource, it should be one which you are comfortable with demonstrating and where you can answer colleagues' questions.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions
1. These Awards are only available to teachers, HLTAs and technicians registered with the free SAPS Associates scheme and engaged in secondary and post-16 science education in the UK.
2. Awards of up to £500 per application will be paid to the applicant’s school / college on satisfactory completion of the funded activity.
3. SAPS will not fund an application where:
- the proposed activity, and associated benefits to the applicant, are possible without a SAPS Associate Award (for example where bursaries already exist)
- the award is to be used solely or predominantly for participation in a formal CPD course, a single piece of equipment or on transport costs
- the outcomes of the proposed activity have limited transferability to other settings (e.g. rely on specialist expertise or expensive equipment not available in most schools)